Research in Human Factors and Applied Cognition

Our ongoing research projects involve:

  • How pilots perceive motion-in-depth under conditions of limited visibility
  • How pilots judge their trajectory to touchdown during emergency landings
  • The effectiveness of highlighting cues, such as color and blinking, at attracting attention on a computer display
  • The costs/benefits of using such cues; factors that influence warning effectiveness
  • People's perception of risk and hazard; visual information display design
  • Using technology to assist older adults' cognitive processes
  • The use of mental models in evaluating team training

Because of the university's convenient access to Research Triangle Park and to agencies/organizations such as the SAS Institute, IBM, and EPA, students are involved in various research projects in many applied settings.

Interdisciplinary Research

Our faculty and students work with others across the university and beyond to solve problems spanning psychology, education, computer science, safety, and design.

Collaborations within Psychology

The department holds four other research areas with active or potential collaborations: lifespan developmental psychology, applied social and community psychology, I/O psychology, and school psychology.

Research Facilities

The Department is currently housed on two floors of Poe Hall, a modern building on NC State’s North Campus. All laboratories and offices are connected to the internet through the campus network. The following laboratories are directed by the faculty: